104 and Still Living at Home
At 104, Betty still lives in her own home. But that's only possible because Betty has a few companions and direct care workers who assist her niece in caring for her. Betty and her dog spend part of their days alone in her home, surrounded by familiar and well-loved furniture and tokens of her long and full life. But, at 104, there's no reason for her to be cooking for herself anymore. Or cleaning toilets. Or making her bed. That's where her caregivers come in. They take care of Betty, her home, and her dog, Lois, so she can enjoy her final years in a place that offers her comfort -- her home.
When contemplating care options for your elderly loved ones, in-home care is just one of the choices available, provided you work with a company you can trust. Inviting 'strangers' into your loved one's home can be a bit scary and unsettling. That's why you want to work with a licensed and insured company that will only send employees and not independent contractors as caregivers. And it's why you want to avoid "private duty" caregivers who work for themselves and not for a company that has completed background checks and ensured certification and competence.
According to AARP, nearly 90% of seniors 65 and older prefer staying in their current homes instead of being placed in a facility or moving in with one of their relatives. For most, this is the ideal. For some, it's not feasible. But when it truly is an option, consider in-home care and then do your research. Check reviews, ask for references, schedule face-to-face meetings. It all matters. And it's all worth it.
It's worth it for you and it's worth it for your aging loved one. It's all about dignity, safety, and trust. For Betty and Lois, there's no place like home.